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  • 2 Sisters Injured as Parade Balloon Crashes Into Lamppost

    11/25/2005 5:00:56 AM PST · by HubCon4 · 11 replies · 1,059+ views
    November 24, 2005 2 Sisters Injured as Parade Balloon Crashes Into Lamppost By SEWELL CHAN A giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, swinging out of control in sudden bursts of wind, struck a light pole in the heart of Times Square today, injuring two spectators and scaring scores of others in an eerie replay of a 1997 accident that had prompted pledges of safety reforms. The M&M balloon, a 515-pound plastic contraption filled with 13,335 cubic feet of helium, began to list erratically as it entered Times Square around 11:40 a.m., witnesses said, before it crashed into a...
  • Mouse that soared over East Bay sought

    09/09/2005 6:05:13 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 27 replies · 415+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2005 | Steve Rubenstein
    Time is running out for Mousie the mouse who, tied to two birthday balloons, was last seen soaring helplessly over the Berkeley hills toward points east. Mousie has been gone for a week now. Mousie's owner, an 11-year-old girl who tied him to the balloons in the first place, is as distraught as an 11-year-old girl can be. "It's a tragedy,'' said Caroline Nielsen. "I feel terrible. It should never have happened. Mousie is a member of the family.''
  • Nanocell's double hit on cancer

    07/28/2005 12:43:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 1,104+ views
    BBC ^ | 7/27/05
    A nanocell that can burrow into a tumour, cut off its blood supply and detonate a lethal dose of anti-cancer toxins has been developed.The double-action therapy, which comes packed in a tiny double chamber, leaves healthy cells unscathed. It has proved safe and effective against melanoma and a form of lung cancer in mice. Details of the technique, developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are published in Nature. The technique combines two methods of combating cancer - poisoning tumour cells and cutting off the blood supply to the tumour. Previously, the dual strategy has proved difficult as chemotherapy could...
  • Caption This: Fat Boy Kennedy!

    06/03/2005 2:34:04 PM PDT · by JAWs · 60 replies · 2,799+ views
    The Howie Carr Show ^ | 5/3/05 | NA
    Put your caption here!!!! (Fax 617-779-3467 or e-mail your caption ideas!)
  • Men Arrested For Landing 'Go Kerry' Balloon In Central Park- On FR BEFORE this happened

    10/29/2004 1:33:26 PM PDT · by abner · 24 replies · 799+ views
    WNBC ^ | 10/29/04 | AP
    Men Arrested For Landing 'Go Kerry' Balloon In Central Park POSTED: 3:25 pm EDT October 29, 2004 UPDATED: 3:26 pm EDT October 29, 2004 NEW YORK -- Two men were taken into custody on Friday after illegally landing a hot-air in Central Park, police said. ELECTION 2004 Interactives Battleground States Balance Of Power 2004 Debates Read Battleground State Poll Info., Issues Meet The Candidates The Money | The Issues Discuss Election The balloon was emblazoned with a "Go Kerry" sign, an apparent reference to presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry. It was unclear if it had any connection to the campaign....
  • Kerry/Edwards Balloon flying over Verrazano Bridge right now- Any FReepers see this & is it legal?

    10/29/2004 9:00:40 AM PDT · by abner · 86 replies · 2,250+ views
    A guy on the balloon crew | 10/29/04 | me
    There is a hot air balloon emblazoned with: "Kerry/ Edwards Honest Policy= Fewer Enemies" It is flying over the Verrazano bridge right now. Any visuals or photos would be appreciated. Is this balloon flying where it is supposed to?
  • Like a Lead Balloon (good for a chuckle)

    09/08/2004 6:25:11 AM PDT · by Homo_homini_lupus · 2 replies · 410+ views ^ | Sept. 8, 2004 | Lloyd Grove
    Was it "The Curse of the Foiled Balloon Drop"? It didn't seem all that significant, at the Democratic convention a month ago, when the balloons didn't rain down as planned on presidential nominee John Kerry. But it probably didn't seem all that important back in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter suffered a similar balloon-drop malfunction before facing off against Ronald Reagan. But now that former frontrunner Kerry is badly trailing President Bush — whose convention balloon-drop was a triumph — we're left with the sad image of those thousands of balloons trapped in the ceiling of Boston's FleetCenter. A looming...

    08/31/2004 1:38:14 AM PDT · by kattracks · 84 replies · 6,105+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/31/04 | Ian Bishop, Larry Celona
    August 31, 2004 -- Secret Service agents last night hauled away a man who got too close to Vice President Dick Cheney in a VIP area at Madison Square Garden. Police sources said the 21-year-old man, who had a pass allowing him into the Garden, had either a knife or some kind of tool on him when he was nabbed as he tried to flee.
  • Flying saucers in New Mexico? Governor rekindles Roswell

    08/17/2004 4:49:53 PM PDT · by demlosers · 249 replies · 3,733+ views
    sfgate ^ | Monday, August 16, 2004 | Keay Davidson
    Ten years after the U.S. Air Force closed its books on the claim that a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947, a top Democratic Party figure wants to reopen the investigation into the cosmic legend. Despite denials by federal officials, many UFO buffs cherish the notion that in early summer of 1947, a flying saucer crashed in rural Roswell, scattering alien bodies and saucer debris across the terrain. Now Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who chaired the recent Democratic convention in Boston, says in his foreword to a new book that "the mystery surrounding this crash has never...

    08/14/2004 10:58:52 AM PDT · by forest · 102 replies · 3,035+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #312 ^ | 8-14-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Last week, Juliet Eilperin reported in the Washington Post(1) that "House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) would like to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and replace the current tax system with either a flat tax, a national sales tax or a value-added tax." As reported, Hastert suggests that a new tax system would increase productivity and "double the economy" over the next 15 years. "All of a sudden, the problem of what future generations owe in Social Security and Medicare won't seem so daunting anymore," The Post reports Hastert wrote. "People ask me if I'm really calling for the elimination...
  • Welcome to "Balloon World"

    07/31/2004 5:47:01 PM PDT · by longshadow · 37 replies · 1,149+ views
    self | 7/31/2004 | self
    Welcome to Balloon World Thanks to an audio feed snafu on CNN at the end of Sen. Kerry's speech, in which the Democrat’s convention producer could be heard giving frantic directions to underlings, in order to assure that the American public had no doubts about the important “message” Democrats wanted to communicate to us, the pithy sound bite that will forever immortalize the 2004 Democrat National Convention/Presidential campaign rang out like the “shot heard ‘round the world” from a Boston suburb some 229 years earlier: “More balloons..... MORE BALLOONS!! MORE BALLOONS, DAMMIT!!! WHERE THE F*CK ARE THE BALLOONS?” While arguably...
  • MSNBC: Airship groomed for flight to edge of space

    05/23/2004 6:08:47 AM PDT · by mikegi · 10 replies · 160+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 21, 2004 | Alan Boyle
    Next month, a V-shaped airship bigger than a baseball diamond is due to rise from the West Texas desert to an altitude of 100,000 feet (30.5 kilometers), navigate by remote control, linger above the clouds and drift back to earth. For the U.S. Air Force, the feat will demonstrate the feasibility of a new kind of semi-autonomous craft that could hover in "near space," to do reconnaissance and relay battlefield communications.
  • Balloon Helps Doctor Reach Brain Tumor

    03/14/2004 8:14:45 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar. 14, 2004
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A U.S. brain surgeon said on Friday he had removed a normally unreachable brain tumor in a child by using a tiny, inflatable balloon in a new technique that could save thousands of lives.</p> <p>The team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center said the 9-year-old patient was doing well.</p>
  • Robot Balloons Could Explore Mars

    02/12/2004 6:51:36 PM PST · by anymouse · 14 replies · 217+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 11 February, 2004
    Remote-controlled balloons carrying armies of mini-robots could be filling Mars' skies if a project by Californian scientists takes off. Nasa-funded researchers are developing the StratoSail, a balloon with a wing, that can be accurately steered through Mars' winds for months. Like weather balloons, the StratoSail could carry cameras and gadgets to spot potential areas for human missions. The hi-tech devices could also launch robotic probes to monitor the surface. "The ability of long-duration guided planetary balloons to alter their flight path in the atmosphere, to deploy surface probes, and to carry out detailed reconnaissance make them a very powerful tool...
  • Beijing Bursts Balloon Plot

    12/31/2003 5:55:52 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 125+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-1-2004 | Reuters
    Beijing bursts balloon plot Reuters in Beijing Thursday January 1, 2004 The Guardian (UK) An American and a New Zealander were jailed in Beijing yesterday on charges of plotting to explode balloons by remote control above Tiananmen Square and scatter pro-democracy leaflets. The New Zealander, Sun Gang, 44, who was born in China, was sentenced to five years and the American, Lan Yupeng, born in Taiwan, to three-and-a-half-years, the Xinhua news agency said. Both were fined unspecified amounts and ordered to be deported, it added, but did not say whether this would be immediately or after serving their sentences. The...
  • The most un-pop-ular bust of all?

    12/04/2003 9:37:18 AM PST · by Maceman · 13 replies · 145+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 4, 2003 | LEO STANDORA
    Just when you think you've seen the silliest of summonses, here comes another bang-up ticket. Police wrote Queens hospital worker George Pulido a summons for making unreasonable noise because his son Christopher's Winnie the Pooh balloon popped on the street. "I couldn't believe it," Pulido, 29, of Queens Village, said last night. "It was just a normal-size party balloon and it was an accident. You'd make more noise closing the door of a police car." Pulido's trip into the ticket twilight zone began innocently the afternoon of Nov. 22 when he took his wife, Christina, 27, an accountant, and sons,...
  • Caption - New DNC Mascot?

    11/29/2003 2:55:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 194+ views
    Yahoo News Photo | 11/29/03 | AP
    Think Terry McAuliffe..
  • Hillary May Run, But Not Expected to Defeat Bush

    09/19/2003 11:30:23 AM PDT · by yoe · 39 replies · 230+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 19, 2003 | Jimmy Moore
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The idea that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) will run for the Democrat nomination for president in 2004 remains a possibility as none of the other ten Democrat candidates has been able to emerge as a clear frontrunner. Former President Bill Clinton spoke candidly about his wife's possible presidential aspirations in a Democrat forum hosted by his former chief of staff Leon Panetta that took place at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California on Wednesday. "I'm not about to take a position in the primary," Clinton told Panetta regarding who he supports for the Democrat...
  • UK balloonists given go-ahead (attempt to fly to 25 miles altitude)

    09/02/2003 2:48:09 PM PDT · by alnitak · 9 replies · 243+ views
    The BBC ^ | Tuesday, 2 September, 2003, 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK | unknown
    Two British pilots have confirmed they will make an attempt on the world manned balloon altitude record on Wednesday after they were thwarted by adverse cloud conditions on Tuesday. BALLOON RECORD ATTEMPT The next launch opportunity is 0700 BST on Wednesday The projected flight path will go out over the Atlantic Ocean The British Airways Concorde will be diverted to the south The team decided on Tuesday evening that they would launch their bid after meteorologists predicted favourable conditions for Wednesday. They plan to begin inflating the envelope ready for launch around 0700 BST (0600 GMT). Colin Prescot and Andy...
  • Couple Says NY Stole Their Balloon

    04/30/2003 7:20:51 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 217 replies · 697+ views ^ | 04/30/2003 | Bill Lawrence
    The couple who own the landmark U.S. Flag Balloon- America One don't love New York as much. The government there anyway. Our neighbor to the north has robbed them, they say.